Saw Wee Cheng

10 Questions Every Cyclist Must Answer

“You have to learn the right cycling skills”


1. How did you pick up cycling? What keeps you motivated?
It was 4 years ago, same time with my wife, Chew Yen. My friend also lent me a bike for trial ride, two weeks after that I bought my own bike. Then it was followed by us participating to fun ride events. It keeps me motivated due to health reasons. I had a bad knee before, but after my cycling routines I now enjoy the leg muscle soreness.

2. What to do or what not to do during a ride?
You should have a proper bike fitting before buying a bicycle, in order to have good position while cycling. Don’t used the front break all the time because it will overturn the bike. The safest method is to use the rear break.

3. What’s your worst injury? How do you reduce your chances of crashing?
It was when I saw a drain or road obstacle, I was planning to make the bike fly over it but it didn’t happen as planned. *laughs* So, I had a bad fall and my chest hit the ground. I only got fully recovered after a week. You will reduce your chances of crashing with these two principles; 1. You should have the correct bike and equipment for a certain needs; and 2. You have to learn the right cycling skills.

4. What has been your most memorable ride so far?
It was during the Twitter Sutama Jamboree Race 2015. The venue was held in a wetland with a crocodile farm nearby. It was raining heavily before the event resulting for the trail to be slippery and muddy. I never experienced that muddy before, the condition was almost not rideable anymore, but that actually adds fun to the event.

5. How much of your salary goes into buying cycling products? Would you consider yourself a budget cyclist?
I allotted RM600-800 for the cycling equipment. During peak time, I spent RM1,000 per month for event participation fee including the logistics, food and accommodation. But nowadays, I became selective with events, I just go for quality race.

6. If price does not matter, what is your next cycling upgrade or escapade?
I’m not considering it at the moment, but if I really want to upgrade, it will be a bicycle that’s great for downhill. For escapade, same with my wife, in Wuling Taiwan, because I want to experience its high altitude.

7. How do you train? What are your cycling strengths?
About 3 times per week from 5 to 7 in the evening. During weekends, it’s much longer, I cycled for 3 hours covering 15-25 kilometers.

8. How do you optimise your nutrition, before, during and after your ride?
Few days before the race, I avoid cold drinks to prevent muscle cramps. I eat meat for protein intake and fruits. During a race, if I really need energy I will take half pack of power gel but normally I don’t. I take isotonic and energy drinks after every event.

9. What can you say about ladies getting into cycling?
It’s good for their own health. From what I’m seeing, female who cycles frequently have way better body figure than those who don’t. Aside from that, I will recommend more ladies to go into cycling to strengthen their knees.

10. Who do you want to cycle with? What are the reasons?
A group of good friends who can cycle happily and most especially with my wife.

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The editor of Cycling Malaysia Magazine.
She writes news, interviews, product features, pre and post-event articles.
She enjoys everything about nature and the outdoors.


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